Good evening everybody,
I’ve decided to start a new post series called Pregnancy Diaries to share my experience during this wonderful journey, and also as a way to keep the memories.
And today I’m going to share what I experienced during my first trimester – since the secret is finally out! 🙂
But before I get to that I’ll just share a little history in our pregnancy story. By the time I got pregnant we had been trying to get pregnant for 2 years and a half, but what we didn’t know at the beginning was that we were infertile for the first 2 years of trying. We visited a fertility clinic and they fixed us all up, yay! Medication was the culprit so it was easily fixable.
Then on October 12th, 2013, I found out I was pregnant – 3 days before my birthday. Best. Birthday. Gift. Ever!
Metallic Taste In Mouth
The very first sign I got that I was pregnant, even before I knew I was pregnant, was this metallic taste in my mouth that I had 24/7. The month I got pregnant we only started trying on day 10 of my cycle (it was just one of those months) and the metallic taste literally started 24 hours later. After 2 days of having the taste I googled what I could be, and in the first article that I read, the first thing it said was that it was a possible side effect of pregnancy. I got really excited when I read that, but then wondered if it could happen that fast to get side effects, and I didn’t think I was ovulating yet anyway.
And then I missed my next period and I was indeed pregnant, YAY!
When I visited my doctor at the 8 week mark I told him about this and he said that it’s acid reflux. He said that the pregnancy hormones relax the muscles in the body, including the one at the entrance of the stomach and that can lead to acid reflux. He told me to take some Tums. He also said it usually goes away in the second trimester.
Just so you know, I have no heart burn or any other side effects other than this awful taste.
I guess this is a common thing though because the dosage on the Tums bottle says “For adults and pregnant women…”, huh!
The second sign I got, and this one was after I knew I was pregnant (but I can’t remember at what week), is that I noticed that my breasts were a little bit sensitive. I’ve read that for some people they’re so sore that they double in pain if someone just slightly touches them by accident (like in a crowd or elevator). But for me it’s very very mild and seems to be mostly at night.
Apparently if you usually get tenderness in your breasts with your periods then they’ll be more sensitive during pregnancy. But that’s not the case for me so no huge pain there.
Oh nausea, how I wish I could have skipped you! My mother did not get any nausea during both of her pregnancies and I so hoped that I would take after her for that, but nope.
The nausea started at week 16 and the first time it hit me was around 3:45pm while I was in training and it hit me so hard I thought I was going to puke. I was in class and all I could think of was “please don’t puke, please don’t puke, please don’t puke”. I didn’t, and never did either.
That first week the nausea would hit me when I’d start to get hungry, so I’d take a few bites of food and then I was good.
The second week of nausea it would come after I ate, and that one sucked. I didn’t really want to eat cause I knew what would follow, but I still did cause I had to.
And after that week the nausea just started appearing after dinner, so at least I’m home and can just lie on the couch for the night. Sometimes it starts late afternoon, and some days, but rarely, it starts around noon. But it’s usually evenings now, and that should go away in the second trimester… fingers crossed!
I know I could take some meds for it, but since it doesn’t interfere with work – and I don’t go out much – I prefer to stay away from meds.
UPDATE: I started writing this post during week 11. I just made week 13 today and for the past week I only had nausea once and a half. The “half” part was that one day it hit me just as I was going to bed. So it seems to be going away, YAY!
I haven’t had any weird cravings yet, but for some reason chicken grosses me out now and I have a hard time eating it. I still eat it, but I’m very picky about it.
Sometimes when I eat it feels like I haven’t eaten in weeks and it tastes so good and I just want to devour my meal! I don’t know what triggers that, but it happens once in a while.
I’m not going to lie, the first trimester was not the most exciting time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m THRILLED to be pregnant and couldn’t wait to share the wonderful news. But at the beginning you can’t really tell too many people so you can’t quite share the joy yet. Ok so technically you can tell whoever you want to, but most people wait until the 12 week mark because 80% of miscarriages happen in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Then there’s the awful taste, the sore boobs and the nausea. Where’s the fun in that? Lol! 😛
But, every week my husband and I would read up on BabyCentre.ca to see the size of our baby and the development they would go through from week to week. We went from the size of a sesame seed (week 5 – that’s when we found out we were pregnant) to a plum (week 12) – and now a peach at week 13 – and we’re always amazed at how fast he/she is growing. And even though I wasn’t showing during the first 12 weeks, my husband would start rubbing my belly and saying hello. Those are the moments I cherish from my first trimester.
To all of the mommies reading this, what were your symptoms at the beginning?
– Chantal 🙂